Folkicana duo The Contenders released their debut full-length, Laughing With The Reckless on November 3rd via Rock Ridge Music. The pair traveled the world in support of the album, the follow-up to their 2014 EP, Meet The Contenders, which explores the perseverance of hope in dark times along with the powerful way that music can connect us to others, the value of maintaining old friendships, and finding comfort in the arms of loved ones.
The pair recently recorded a series of live performances as a part of the Cellar Sessions series at City Winery in New York, the only venue that has its own ongoing music series, which has been run by Ehud Lazin for the last four years. Today, The Contenders unveil “Call Me The Lucky One,” the last of three performances that have premiered here at Mother Church Pew.
“Ehud is great at making you feel at ease for his sessions so it all felt pretty comfortable and easy,” says The Contenders’ Jay Nash of the recording session. “The basement at City Winery has its own cool, subterranean urban vibe. The place shakes a little when the subway goes by,” he adds with a laugh. “Aside from that, it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of Lower Manhattan when you’re down there. We had fun, we always have fun playing these songs.”
In this video, Nash and bandmate, drummer Josh Day, perform “Call Me The Lucky One,” a reflection on gratitude for life and its opportunities. “We’ve dabbled quite a bit with this concept and peripheral concepts in The Contenders,” explains Nash. “This particular one came after a really fun and successful weekend of shows where we found ourselves reflecting on our good fortune for being able to make a living from doing this thing that we love. People come to us after shows and ask us all the time, ‘I can’t believe you’re not on the radio! Why aren’t you more famous!?’ The truth is that, we feel pretty damn lucky to be where we are,” he continues. “We make music that we love and we’re not starving… well, not totally starving anyway. If that’s not enough, both of us have been making music for a living for over ten years. That’s nuts! It’s a good life.”
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Call Me The Lucky One” by The Contenders: